AIA St. Paul invites architectural designers and architects within ten years of graduating from an accredited professional degree program to participate in the 2020 St. Paul Prize Design Competition. This annual competition encourages innovative ideas for occupying and perceiving public space through programmatic and spatial design exploration.

Design Challenge

This year’s design opportunity focuses on the block on the southwest corner of Rice Street and Larpenteur Avenue. Currently a large strip mall and parking lot, anchored by the My Thrift Store, a Speedway gas station and apartment building occupy the block. Many of Ramsey County’s poorest families and newest immigrants live near this location which is at the intersection of the Saint Paul, Maplewood, and Roseville city boundaries. This site is also a key parcel in the future redevelopment and reinvestment strategies laid out in the Rice-Larpenteur Vision Plan.  The intent of this competition is to create an attractive destination that will attract business, create a vibrant pedestrian street life, and provide spaces and facilities to serve a diverse mix of residents, most of whom have children.

Upon registration, entrants will receive the complete competition brief.

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Competition Dates

The competition opens on Monday, November 2, 2020.
Submittals are due by Monday, November 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm CT.


Individuals must meet both requirements in order to be eligible for participation:

  1. Must be within ten years of graduating from an accredited professional degree program with either a B.Arch or a M.Arch degree.
  2. Must live or work in Minnesota.

Entrants may participate individually or in teams of two (2) participants.


First prize winner receives $1,500.

Entry Fee

$25, payable at the time of registration.

Submission Materials

Submittals will be accepted electronically as PDF files, 300 dpi minimum resolution, in the form of two 22.5″ x 22.5″ digital project boards. See competition brief for full requirements.


All entry participant names are anonymous during the judging. Jury members may include AIA St. Paul members, architects, members of the AIA St. Paul Board, previous competition winners, local artist, or city/community representatives. Winners will be notified after judging.

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Contact Angie McKinley.


2019 Competition Winners

AIA St. Paul is pleased to announce that the team of Adam Lapacz, Assoc. AIA and Chirag Khurana, both of Pope Architects, was awarded first place and a cash prize of $1,500 for the 2019 competition.

Honorable Mention was awarded to Zach Kern, Assoc. AIA

Click below to view all entries from the 2019 competition.

First Place

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First Place Adam Lapacz and Chriag Khurana